“Over 9000” is a popular catchphrase based on an awkwardly translated quote from the Japanese manga anime series Dragon Ball Z that is typically used as an innumerable quantifier to describe a large number of something like “several”, “lots”, “butt loads” and even the metric “ass tonne”.
The line was originally said by Vegeta, one of the main recurring characters featured in the series, and voiced by English voice actor Brian Drummond in the 21st episode of Dragon Ball Z (Saiyan Saga) titled “The Return of Goku,” which originally aired on April 19th, 1997. In the English-dub of the episode, the main protagonist character Goku returns to the Earth after intense training in the Other World to square off against Saiyan warriors Vegeta and Nappa. As Goku powers up in rage after learning they had killed his friend Piccolo right before his arrival, Vegeta senses an explosive increase in his power level through his scouter device and yells: “It’s over nine thousand!” The scene from the episode was uploaded by 4chan user and YouTuber Kajetokun on October 17th, 2006.
The Power Level
In the Dragon Ball franchise, the Power Level is a recurring concept which denotes the combat strength of a warrior. According to Dragonball Wikia, the highest number ever officially read aloud from a scouter is Captain Ginyu’s reading of Goku’s power level, which after powering up, is 180,000. The highest power level ever mentioned in Dragon Ball Z is Frieza’s power level of 530,000, said by Frieza himself while battling Nail. According to the Japanese manga publisher V-Jump, the overall highest power level is 2,500,000,000 of Super Saiyan Gogeta.
It is interesting to note that Goku’s power level is actually read as “over 8000” in the original Japanese and English-translated mangas as well as the original Japanese anime series.
According to Kajetokun, the video was originally shared with his friends as an inside joke, but it was posted to 4chan’s /b/ (random) board by…
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